Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire

Investigation of Submarine Landslides alng the New England Margin with Impications to Tsunami Hazards


R/V Oceanus


Cruise Party

Christopher Baxter: Principal Investigator
URI - Department of Ocean/Civil and Environmental Engineering Narragansett, , RI 02882
+1 401 874 6575

Jason Chaytor: Chief Scientist
USGS Woods Hole Science Center 384 Woods Hole Road Woods Hole , Ma 02543-1598
+1 508 457 2351

Departure: Woods Hole - DEPARTURE TBD (6/3/10) on Jun 14, 2010

Arrival: Woods Hole on Jun 19, 2010

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: off shore of Rhode Island to New Jersey


Depth Range: 500 / 2500

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? NO
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science objectives

Propose to conduct a 7-day cruise to obtain gravity cores at two locations off
the coast of Rhode Island and New Jersey where we have identified submarine landslides
with a possible link to seismically induced tsunamis.

Science Activities

Jumbo piston coring and box coring.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Visit WHOI

Chris Baxter's cruise just added to schedule on 6/2/10.


  New Jersey
  Distance: null
  Days: null
  Latitude: 38° 53.0’ N
  Longitude: 72° 32.0’ W

  Rhode Island
  Distance: null
  Days: null
  Latitude: 39° 45.0’ N
  Longitude: 70° 56.0’ W

Funding Agency: USGS #0000

- added USGS #0000 on Jun 3, 2010 10:03 AM by Eric Benway

R/V Oceanus

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Sediment Sampling

Piston corers
Box corer

Storage Notes: Recovered cores to be sectioned and stored vertically in collapseable wire baskets (3 supplied by USGS).  Location of the baskets to be determined in consultation with ship.


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? no


Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

Other Science Vans:
Science Van 1
Type/size: USGS lab van Location: 01 deck
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes

Details: Jumbo Piston corer with weights, basket and tracks.   Possible welding needed on the mob.

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices: no
Portable Air Compressors: no
Flammable Gases: no
Small Boat Operations: no
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? no

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): 

24 hour coring operations.  Two coring technicians are in the science party.

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Jun 3, 2010 10:04 AM by Eric Benway